Rosie O'Donnell is leaving "THE VIEW." O'Donnell made an official announcement on Wednesday's show.
With O'Donnell on THE VIEW during February sweeps...ratings for the program were up 15 percent in key women demographics over the same time in 2006.
The daytime chat show was invented by Barbara Walters. Walters said, prior to Wednesday's show: ``She has given the program new vigor, new excitement and wonderful hours of television. I can only be grateful to her for this year.''
O'Donnell announced she will guest host THE VIEW and continue her special report on autism.